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From Fairytale to Fairly Close
The  Competing Opinions Robotic Cleaning Machines in the Industrial Cleaning Arema

OSHA has set new standards to increase workplace safety in regards to slips, trips, and fall hazards.

Three colleagues took a risk at a Target where they worked. Now, they are able to offer a janitor’s union to big-name retailers in order to create fair working conditions for employees, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

After the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries discovered that Cornerstone Janitorial was underpaying their workers, the company has been banned from doing government work, according to The Oregonian.
Autumnal Problems and How to Solve Them As we fall into the cooler months, clients nation-wide are experiencing a revolving door of needs when it comes to their janitorial services. While BSCs are more than equipped to handle the demands of every season, adding on temporary services for your clients can increase your overall year-round value as a company. For this issue, we will look into leaf removal. This service, typically reserved for lawn care companies, may be a good way to add on complimentary seasonal services that increases your value as a company throughout the year.
How Online Universities are Changing the Game for BSCs

One of the greatest benefits of continual technological innovation is the amount of information and the ease of access to it. For BSCs, working in an industry with high turnover means that we continually have to find ways to provide employees access to essential training and educational materials. This is one of the key ways to keep a multitude of employees up to date and in tip-top shape.

The Internet of Things In the past decade, we have witnessed a number of technological advances that have had direct influence on the professional cleaning industry. While many of these involved the cleaning tools and equipment we use, what I am referencing here are advances in technology that have impacted communication between our customers, cleaning contractors, and their staff. Technologies are now coming online that will allow the very buildings we clean and maintain to connect and communicate with us directly.
Robots: From Fairytale to Fairly Close

While substantially artificially intelligent robots are still far off in our future, the cleaning industry is seeing an increasing diversification of the availability of automated machines that can efficiently perform tasks. Automated vacuums and floor scrubbers, for example, have begun growing in popular discussion in the industrial cleaning industry. We did some investigating and gathered a list of pros and cons to consider as the age of the all-automatic begins to dawn.

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